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Not many posts here, so I´ll add one to keep it alive. For this I added some fill light with two of my newly acquired soft boxes, with 600ex-rt flashes.

1DX, 1/250s, f2.0, ISO640

Classy portrait.  Very warm and inviting with a lot of character.  I'm reviewing the few year old 50mm Planar T 50mm f/1.4 right now, comparing it to the Sigma ART 50mm and hopefully the Otus in a big shoot-out later this week.  The Planar T doesn't have the killer sharp optics of the Sigma and Otus, but it does have a lot of character that reminds me of my vintage glass.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 31, 2014, 10:46:03 AM »
Tamron 150-600 @600mm wide open (f/6.3)

Gone Away... by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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EOS-M / Re: My best new Lens for sweet heart EOS-M
« on: October 25, 2014, 02:37:52 PM »
I just got through reviewing this lens and added it to my kit.  If you want to read the review or watch it, here are the links:

The written review is here:  http://bit.ly/1uEJNwl
The video review is here:  http://bit.ly/1otFd7L


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EOS-M / Re: Recommendations for lens to supplement EF-M 22mm?
« on: October 25, 2014, 02:36:31 PM »
I just got through reviewing the Rokinon 12mm f/2 lens in an EOS M mount.  If you want a great wide angle lens with a very useful large aperture, take a look:  Here's some linkage:


The written review is here:  http://bit.ly/1uEJNwl
The video review is here:  http://bit.ly/1otFd7L

Both have a lot of sample images and real world observations.  The written review also has linkage a gallery with a lot of images, including some full size samples for download.  Take a look!


Lens Image Gallery:  http://dustinabbott.net/2014/10/rokinon-12mm-f2-ncs-lens-gallery/


My Conclusion:  In summation, this lens is (at least to me) one of the most exciting options available in the EF-M mount. It is a lens well situated for producing some “WOW” pictures from this compact system (along with the other camera systems that it is produced for). It has a very nice build quality, well-functioning manual controls, and has exceptional image quality even wide open. It’s a great focal length, has great color rendition, and is a lot of fun to use. It’s greatest challenge is that Canon makes a great compact wide angle zoom that has AF, IS, and costs no more. But it’s greatest asset is a fully usable f/2 aperture that is 2+ stops faster than the Canon zoom. That made the difference for me; I added this lens to my own kit at the end of the review period. It really boils down to your own personal priorities. The good news: I don’t think you can really make a bad choice here. Just be prepared to do your own focusing if you choose the Rokinon.


Partly Sunny by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Reviews / Dustin Abbott reviews the Rokinon 12mm f/2 NCS for Mirrorless
« on: October 24, 2014, 02:03:32 PM »
Hello everyone,

My newest review, the Rokinon 12mm f/2 NCS for Mirrorless systems, has just gone live.  I would be delighted for you to help me get the news out.  I liked this little wide angle option so much that I added it to my own kit.  I tested it on an EOS M body, but my observations cover the other mirrorless systems that this lens is available for.

The written review is here:  http://bit.ly/1uEJNwl
The video review is here:  http://bit.ly/1otFd7L

Both have a lot of sample images and real world observations.  The written review also has linkage a gallery with a lot of images, including some full size samples for download.  Take a look!


Lens Image Gallery:  http://dustinabbott.net/2014/10/rokinon-12mm-f2-ncs-lens-gallery/


My Conclusion:  In summation, this lens is (at least to me) one of the most exciting options available in the EF-M mount. It is a lens well situated for producing some “WOW” pictures from this compact system (along with the other camera systems that it is produced for). It has a very nice build quality, well-functioning manual controls, and has exceptional image quality even wide open. It’s a great focal length, has great color rendition, and is a lot of fun to use. It’s greatest challenge is that Canon makes a great compact wide angle zoom that has AF, IS, and costs no more. But it’s greatest asset is a fully usable f/2 aperture that is 2+ stops faster than the Canon zoom. That made the difference for me; I added this lens to my own kit at the end of the review period. It really boils down to your own personal priorities. The good news: I don’t think you can really make a bad choice here. Just be prepared to do your own focusing if you choose the Rokinon.


Partly Sunny by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Here's a 600mm shot wide open that I took yesterday.

Gone Away... by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

The lens is great - I just don't do a lot of this style of photography (or even particularly enjoy it).

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: October 21, 2014, 04:31:36 PM »

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My old beat up Soviet era Helios 44-2 rarely disappoints me.  It looks like garbage but takes amazing pictures:

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: SMC Takumar Lenses
« on: October 16, 2014, 10:20:12 AM »
Here's a selfie taken with a Super Tak 50mm f/1.4 and a 60D (used the 60D's articulating screen to watch focus.) The detail rendered in the skin is pretty amazing!

The Man with the Scarf by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

150mm Super Tak

Fade to Memory (Explored August 14th, 2012) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

55mm f/1.8
Gathering Dust - Explored January 30th, 2012 by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

28mm f/3.5

Cold as Ice by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

I could share images from these lenses all day - they are still amazingly competent.

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: SMC Takumar Lenses
« on: October 16, 2014, 10:13:48 AM »
I've taken a lot of photos over the years with Takumars.  The 50mm f/1.4 is also a winner, as is the 28mm f/3.5.

The 150mm f/4 is a very nice compact telephoto option that is actually a really great portrait lens.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces CN20x50 Cine-Servo Ultra Zoom Lens
« on: October 16, 2014, 10:12:01 AM »
Sounds amazing...but I can only image what this puppy is going to cost.  More than my car, I suspect.

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Probably a few of you have visited my site before to read reviews, but anyway:  www.dustinabbott.net.  There are plenty of links there that lead to the other places my work is shared.

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Reviews / Re: Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Review (EOS M and NEX)
« on: October 10, 2014, 11:32:59 AM »
Thanks for the review, Dustin!  It would be nice to see a comparison versus the EF-M 55-200 if you get the chance.  Granted it's not sold natively in the US, but sourcing it from Canada is easy enough.  It is interesting how quickly the Tamron gets to f/5.6 (near 50mm) and see how that stacks up against Canon's 55-200.  Given how small the EF-M 18-55 is, carrying an extra lens for the M system is not as large a penalty compared to FF.

I tried to get Henry's in Canada to send me one.  I have written an article for them before, but they have had a big turnover and the new contact that "my guy" got me never returned my email.  I agree completely that this is the logical comparison, though.  If status quo ever changes with Henry's I'll definitely do a comparison.

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EOS-M / Posted: Tamron 18-200mm VC for EOS M Review
« on: October 10, 2014, 09:58:32 AM »
Hello all.  This is a very interesting option for M owners because it provides both reasonable tele performance along with a truly all-in-one solution that is very portable (though the lens is on the large side for an EOS M).

The review post/links are here:  http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=23194.0

There is a written review, video review, and image gallery with some full size samples.

You can also go straight to the review site that has all of those links: 
http://dustinabbott.net/2014/10/tamron-18-200mm-vc-review/

P.S.  I will be going live with the Rokinon 12mm f/2 lens in the next week or so.  #catoutofthebag - I liked it so much that I bought it and added it to my kit.

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Reviews / Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Review (EOS M and NEX)
« on: October 10, 2014, 09:52:57 AM »
Here is a new review of the Tamron 18-200 VC for mirrorless bodies.  I was pretty impressed with this lens other than the fact that it is a bit on the large side for the tiny bodies it is mounting too.  I’ve done both a written review:

http://dustinabbott.net/2014/10/tamron-18-200mm-vc-review/

A video review:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExA7Nlza7Gk

And a lens image gallery with some samples/full size images for download:

http://dustinabbott.net/2014/10/tamron-18-200vc-lens-gallery/

For those of you with either an M or a NEX, this is a pretty compelling choice because the IQ is very good.  It makes for a really convenient all in one package or something to bring along to compliment a more focused DSLR setup (with primes, etc...)

The Moira River by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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